Hans Lovejoy – The Byron Shire Echo, April 12, 2011

 Round House  Comments Off on Hans Lovejoy – The Byron Shire Echo, April 12, 2011
Sep 122013

An in depth article from Hans Lovejoy – The Byron Shire Echo, April 12, 2011

Roundhouse Action Group (RAG)’s plans for a self-funded community and cultural centre have been announced and will be presented to Council this Thursday.
The prime parcel of Council- owned land in Ocean Shores has, for many years, been an underutilised public asset.
Since it was acquired in 1993, the 1.388 hectare site has re- mained largely unused.

Full article (PDF 1.7Mb):

Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site

 Byron Shire Council, Round House  Comments Off on Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site
Sep 102013

From Council’s online media release – 30th August, 2013:
Roundhouse subdivision works to proceed – tender awarded

Byron Shire Council resolved [Thursday 29th August, 2013,] to go ahead with the Roundhouse subdivision and awarded the tender to commence works.

During public access, Council heard from an Ocean Shores community representative requesting that the tender be delayed for 60 days, in order to allow the community time to raise funds to purchase the site from Council.

The Roundhouse subdivision tender works was awarded to J M Bashforths & Sons Pty Ltd at a price of $ 831,824.40 including GST.

Read more…

The following article was published online – copyright Northern Star:
Northern Star
Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site
Northern Star – Andy Parks 2nd Sep 2013 5:00 AM

BYRON Shire Council awarded a tender to commence work on the controversial Roundhouse subdivision.

The 1.3-hectare site at Ocean Shores will be subdivided into 11 residential lots, with money from the sale of the Council-owned land going into a fund for infrastructure work in the north of the shire.

At a council meeting on Thursday, Ocean Shores residents requested that council delay the tender for 60 days so that they could try to raise the funds to purchase the land.

But Mayor Simon Richardson said the community had been given six months to raise the funds and council believed a further delay would result in increased costs because it would push it into the Christmas holiday period and they may need to go back to tenderers to reconfirm their prices.

“Council resolved to subdivide six months ago and gave the community a chance to get together and raise the money.

“We said, “If you guys get close, we would prefer you to buy it”, but we heard nothing until the day we had to vote (on the tender) which was too late. There was no real commitment (to raising the funds) so we deemed that we had to move on,” Cr Richardson said.

Byron Council’s general manager Ken Grainger said the community would need to raise $2.5 million to secure the site. President of the Ocean Shores Community Association, Jan Mangleson said they felt betrayed because prior to the last local government elections, most of the candidates had said they would preserve the Roundhouse site as a community asset.

“This has always been a very special piece of land for the community and we have continually said we want it preserved for public use as a cultural precinct,” she said.

Cr Richardson said money from the sale of the land would go towards fast-tracking roads and footpaths and “other areas that have been identified as being needed” in the north of Byron Shire.

The successful tender for the subdivision work was JM Bashforths & Sons Pty Ltd.

The above article was published online – copyright Northern Star:
Northern Star
Work to commence on Ocean Shore’s Roundhouse site
Northern Star – Andy Parks 2nd Sep 2013 5:00 AM

Open Day – Ocean Shores Tennis Club

 Ocean Shores  Comments Off on Open Day – Ocean Shores Tennis Club
Sep 032013


We would love everyone to come on down for a morning of fun and show your support for Ocean Shores Tennis Club and our community. Your support will help us to improve our facilities and Water Lily Park for our families and our friends. If you can help out on the day with cake stall, bbq and kids activities it would be greatly appreciated. Please pass on to everyone you know and get people involved.



OS tennis club open day

Come and try Tennis! Join us for a day of fun and games. There will be games, challenges and prizes to be won! A free gift for every child that participates! Bring a racquet or borrow one of ours. BBQ, drinks, tennis equipment & jumping castle will be available.
Where: Water Lily Park, Yamble Dr, Ocean Shores

Date: Saturday 21st September

Time: 9am til 12pm

Who: Everyone!

Cost: Free!

Contact: Gemma Eaton 0412 200 923

Meet the Candidates 2013

 Meetings  Comments Off on Meet the Candidates 2013
Aug 262013

B-Triple – Road trains
on Pacific Highway?
A Matter of Public Safety.

Meet the Candidates
Q&A session

When: 6:30pm for 7pm start,
Wednesday, August 28th 2013
Ocean Shores Country Club, Orana Road
Please join, share & invite others to event on FB

The Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) is hosting a Meet the Candidates Forum. All the Lower House candidates for the Federal seat of Richmond will be attending with an apology from the CDP candidate. The format will be a Q&A session.

OSCA members have flagged the danger of B-triples trucks using the Pacific Highway.

The Pacific Highway upgrade is a major objective of the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Australia strategy. It is jointly funded by the NSW state and federal governments.

“The completion of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the highway and the reduction of the St. Helena hill grade is scheduled for the end of 2014. The construction of the 365 metre long St. Helena twin tunnels reduces the 16% grade hill to a 4.5% grade. This removes one of the last barriers to the introduction of B-triples road freight on the highway” an OSCA spokesperson said. “A B-triple has three trailers, weighs up to 90 tonnes and is about 36 metres long, a B-double has two trailers and is 26 metres long.”

“Completion of this part of the Pacific Highway upgrade could open the Ballina to Brisbane section to the introduction of the 36 metre long, 80 to concessional 90 tonnes b-triples.”

“It is dangerous enough passing a 26 metre B-double at 110kph on a two lane road. Overtaking the much longer B-triples would be a serious matter for all drivers. Dual carriageway is no guarantee of safety. A B-double tipped over recently on the dual carriageway bypass at Bangalow.”

“In Europe and the USA the maximum gross weight allowed on any highway is 40 tonnes. Australia is allowing more than twice that weight.”

OSCA has asked candidates their party’s policy on introducing b-triples to the Pacific Highway. Do they have a strategy to introduce fast trains on an inland route for inter capital city freight? Do they support inland rail and road transport hubs to take road freight trains off the Pacific Highway?

Other issues flagged for the Q&A are

  • securing the Roundhouse site for public cultural use
  • youth and seniors unemployment,
  • local aged care facilities,
  • CSG mining,
  • hospitals and health centres,
  • education,
  • sportsfields,
  • public transport including light rail.

Questions will be taken from the meeting.
All welcome.

Enquiries contact OSCA on 0413 060010 or 0431 477445.

Ocean Shores Art Expo 10th anniversary

 Ocean Shores  Comments Off on Ocean Shores Art Expo 10th anniversary
Aug 192013

OS Arts Expo

Ocean Shores Art Expo celebrates
it’s 10th anniversary in 2013!

Friday, 30 August – Sunday, 1 September 2013
at the Ocean Shores Primary School

This year’s theme….

“It’s all about the light”

In honour and celebration of Margaret Olley’s life and contribution to Australian art.

All details can be found on the website: www.osartexpo.com
Find Ocean Shores Art Expo on Facebook